The Wall by John Lanchester

The Wall

The best-selling author of The Debt to Pleasure and Capital returns with a chilling fable for our time.Ravaged by the Change, an island nation in a time very like our own has built the Wall—an enormous concrete barrier around its entire border. Joseph Kavanagh, a new Defender, has one task: to protect his section of the Wall from the Others, the desperate souls who are trapped amid the rising seas outside and attack constantly. Failure will res...

Details The Wall

TitleThe Wall
Release DateMar 5th, 2019
PublisherW. W. Norton Company
GenreFiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Reviews The Wall

  • Meike
    The genius of Lanchester's "The Wall" is that this dystopia simply envisions what might happen if we go on like this: The sea levels have risen dramatically due to climate change, Britain has build a wall around the whole island, and people who flee from the South to the North are combated like enemies in a war. Is this the most subtle book ever written? Hell no, but this author does not seem to think that the problems we are facing scream for ex...
  • Peter Boyle
    We're not short on dystopian stories these days. One would think that readers might like to escape the daily news cycle of doom and gloom, but our appetite for apocalyptic thrillers shows no signs of abating. The Wall is one of the more considered and thoughtful offerings. If you're a fan of the kind of speculative fiction that Margaret Atwood does so well, you might want to check it out.The story is set sometime in the near future. A major clima...
  • jeremy
    while it may well be compelling on the screen (surely a cinematic adaptation is inevitable?), john lanchester's the wall is mostly underwhelming on the page. another entry in the ever burgeoning dystopian subgenre of climate fiction (or 'CliFi' for those with the compulsion to spare themselves a pair of extra syllables), the wall is set in an indeterminate future within an unnamed country—one forced to erect a giant wall around its borders so a...
  • Buchdoktor
    Nach einer Klimakatastrophe ist der Meeresspiegel gestiegen und auf der nördlichen Halbkugel hat es einen Kälteeinbruch gegeben. Unter der Kälte leiden besonders die Wachtposten auf der 10 000 km langen Mauer, die England komplett umgibt. Es gibt keine Küstenlinie und keinen Strand mehr, nur die Mauer. „Nationale Künstenverteidigungsbefestigung,“ nennt sich das Projekt. Diktaturen tun sich ja häufig als Sprachverhunzer hervor. Joseph Ka...
  • Kathryn
    This is a slender book and so should have been a quick read but I found myself slowing right down in order to read every single word. Not a lot happens and by the end everything, and nothing, has changed. It's really beautiful and it's made me think a lot about asylum seekers and what else I, personally, can do today to help slow climate change.
  • Ian Mond
    What foresight on the part of Faber & Faber to publish John Lanchester’s fifth novel, The Wall, in late January at the height of the partial shutdown of the United States’ Government over illegal immigration, refugee caravans and a border wall. Maybe Russian trolls aren’t to blame for the Trump presidency, maybe this has been a long game on the part of Faber’s marketing team. The conspiracy nuts on YouTube need to take a closer look.The W...
  • Matthew
    EXCELLENT!The story is great. The characters are excellent. The plot [meaning] is fantastic. This is a book about LIFE and the art of living it no matter what our circumstances are. You have to continue to live a life even if it is not the one you envisioned or planed for.
  • Joyce Dunne
    Amazing, captivating, lyrical and such an enjoyable experience. I almost didn’t want to finish. While reading It felt as though Kavanagh, our leading man was telling me this story himself. Nothing dramatic but thrilling the way you feel when a grandparent tells you a story of their past. I really recommend this book if you enjoy storytelling that is beautiful and not all about drama if that’s not your style you might not like this but for me ...
  • Dan Woodall
    Very clever. Every word is thought out and in its place for a reason.The background of the characters is limited but that is kind of the point. In a world so isolated and disposable why would we want/need to know.Prose with a almost poetic feeling. A story about an uncertain future and why a storytelling is important.Beautiful and essential.
  • Marcus Hobson
    Boarder Walls are all the rage at the moment, along with the vexed social question of who gets let in and, more important, who does not. With Trump’s Mexican wall hogging the headlines, I was hijacked into thinking that we would be in America and that the wall in question would be an internal barrier. How wrong I was. This book is much more like the UK’s answer to Margaret Atwood and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’. A dystopian future, where thin...
  • Michael
    The Wall by John Lanchester is a grimly dystopian cli-fi novel set in the near future after an unspecified climatic catastrophe has led to a rise in sea levels and the reshaping of the landscape. A form of national service has been introduced with young people (who are fully aware that their parents and grandparents are responsible for the environmental harm that has been wreaked) serve a two year term defending the Wall - a barrier erected aroun...
  • Miko
    AUDIOBOOK REVIEW - The Wall by John LanchesterSet in the not too distant future, The Wall takes place in a dystopian version of the UK where the populace is conscripted into service on the The National Coastal Defence Structure, colloquially known as ‘The Wall’. It takes current-day issues—climate change, immigration/asylum, nationalism—and presents them to us through a protagonist whose world is just different enough from ours that you c...
  • Matthew Hickey
    A dark tale that will make you think deeply about the world as it is right now (and as it is at risk of becoming in the future). It skewers the protectionist political class, while posing questions about who “we” are and what might happen if “the Others” breach The Wall, or if the defenders become those excluded. Lanchester’s capacity to capture the times through literature is remarkable. A fitting follow up to his last novel, Capital.
  • Kate
    When non-genre authors write genre fiction (in this case cli-fi, sci-fi or future history genre), they never seen willing to flesh out the details, leaving the reader having to make it up in their head.I wanted to know more about the political situation, I wanted to know more about the climate change impacts on the world of The Wall. I wanted to know more about The Captain's experience as an Other, and to know more about the people in Britain who...
  • Buchdoktor
    Nach einer Klimakatastrophe ist der Meeresspiegel gestiegen und auf der nördlichen Halbkugel hat es einen Kälteeinbruch gegeben. Unter der Kälte leiden besonders die Wachposten auf der 10 000 km langen Mauer, die England komplett umgibt. Es gibt keine Küstenlinie und keinen Strand mehr, nur die Mauer. „Nationale Künstenverteidigungsbefestigung“ nennt sich das Projekt. Diktaturen tun sich ja häufig als Sprachverhunzer hervor. Joseph Kava...
  • Wandaviolett
    Eindrücklich. Spannend. Nüchtern-düster: klasse!Es ist passiert. Man hat, wie fast immer, auf die Wissenschaftler nicht gehört, die vor der Klimaerwärmung gewarnt haben. Der Wasserpegel ist gestiegen, es gibt keinen Strand mehr auf der ganzen Welt, weite Teile von bewohnbarem Land sind weggeschwemmt und unter Wasser.England ist es gelungen, sich irgendwie zu sichern. Im Verhältnis zu anderswo hat man sich einen bescheidenen Wohlstand durch ...
  • Chris Haak
    3,5I like this novel a lot when it comes to its themes. It's a novel warning about how climate change can change the world in an awful way. People have built a wall around an unnamed country (referring to the UK, but also the US) to protect it from the sea and its rising level. But the wall is also meant to protect the country from Others who want to enter (migrants). Both very topical.The characters are interesting and well developed, the plot i...
  • Ellie Beadle
    Haven't read anything like this in ages and it was super good- really recommend and so well written.. a quick one too. Listened on audio narrated by Will Poulter who is a fab narrator big rate, nice voice.
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  • Marika
    In the near future an island has built a concrete wall around its coastline to prevent *The Others* from landing on the island. This story is told through the voice of Joseph Kavanagh, a new Defender who must spend 2 years on The Wall in year-round frigid weather protecting his section of the wall. You see, every man and woman must fulfill their duty being Defenders from the Others. The Others are helpless souls who are surviving the best they ca...
  • Jan-willem De vries
    If it is only one book you read in 2019, read The Wall. Lanchester expertly lifts the veil of an eerily plausible future that might unfold if we don’t unfuck the planet and keep building walls to keep out others. It shows not only the desolateness of such a world, but also how familial and societal bonds will break down if one generation screws up the future of the next. It will keep you at the edge of your seat and fill you with a will to figh...
  • Stacy Kingsley
    The Wall has an interesting concept behind it but it lacks in development. The Wall by John Lanchester is about a young man named Joseph Kavanaugh who is set out to work on... the Wall. Most people have few options for this dystopian future, and since Kavanaugh wears glasses he feels that his options are limited. The world is a dim and very cold place, and the wall seems to be protecting an island surrounded by water due to climate change. While ...
  • Von Beust
    Joseph „Yeti“ Kavanagh muss seinen Wehrdienst auf der Mauer ableisten: Zwei Jahre wird er in der Kälte oben auf der Mauer stehen, die Großbritannien rundum an allen Küsten umgibt, um das Land vor „den Anderen“ zu schützen, die von außerhalb eindringen wollen. Großbritannien (das erstmals auf S. 176 benannt wird) ist zu einer Festung geworden, weil – wie man nach und nach erfährt – die Meeresspiegel angestiegen sind, das Klima s...
  • miss.mesmerized mesmerized
    Zwei Jahre Dienst hat er vor sich, zwei Mal 365 Tage Ödnis und Verzicht, die Joseph Kavanagh wie alle anderen auch hinter sich bringen muss. Es geht nicht anders, sie müssen die Mauer beschützen, dafür sorgen, dass die Anderen nicht hereinkommen und ihr Land überrennen. Das ist der Preis des großen Wandels. Der Anfang ist hart, doch bald schon gewöhnt er sich an den Dienst und die damit verbundenen verlässlichen Routinen. Ein steter Wechs...
  • Verena
    Während Großbritannien sich über den Brexit streitet und Trump nach seiner Mauer verlangt erscheint mit „Die Mauer“ ein Roman, der hochaktuell scheint –tatsächlich hat John Lanchester damit begonnen, bevor Trump Präsident wurde. Der Roman beschäftigt sich mit dem Klimawandel bzw. eher dessen Folgen und Migration. Da sind einerseits die gestiegenen Meeresspiegel, die alle Strände der Welt überschwemmt haben und die Menschen, die desh...
  • Ahasver
    I just read John Lanchester’s „The Wall“, one recent example of climate apocalypse fiction. The story is set in a U.K. surrounded by a wall on what used to be its beaches, in order to defend against climate refugees coming in over sea. Young conscripts defend the wall, in fights to death, and for each intruder that makes it over the wall, one of the conscripts will be “put to the sea” to die. Those who survive the wall get a few benefit...
  • Sabrina
    Die neue, kalte WeltKlimawandel, Migration und Brexit haben ihre Spuren in Großbritannien hinterlassen. Um sich vor den Wassermassen und den „Anderen“ zu schützen, ist die komplette Insel von einer Mauer umgeben. Zur Bewachung werden alle jungen Briten zu zwei Jahren Dienst auf der Mauer verpflichtet. Es ist kalt, grau und düster dort nach dem Wandel…und immer droht der Ernstfall über die Bewacher einzustürzen. Ich lese selten Dystopie...
  • Karen Whittaker
    John Lanchester is an established author with a big fan base and so when I saw that the Telegraph Book Club had chosen this book as its book of the month for February I felt I could not go far wrong. All the reviews I read beforehand indicated that this book was the Orwell "1984" of its time.So definitely not the case in my opinion.This book has at one point in the early stages a long list of words repeated over and over again - particularly the ...
  • yellowdog
    Eine Zukunftsvision, die nicht unrealistisch istNicht der erwartete Brexit-Roman sondern ein überhaupt pessimistisches Gesellschaftsbild in Zeiten des Klimawandels, in der ein Land wie Großbritanien exemplarisch in seiner Abschottung ist. Auch andere Ländern wollen Mauern aufbauen und kennen keine Gnade gegen jeden, der nicht direkt dazugehört. Das ist der auf die Spitze getriebene Egoismus.John Lanchesters dystopischer Roman ist auch entspre...
  • Chloe
    The Wall. It's not hard to find the context within which this book was written. A world where a wall is built around Britain, which has become and island. Beyond the wall is ocean. Miles and miles of it. There's Us. And there's Others. It soon becomes clear that the Others are just people, too. There's a divide between generations. Parents can no longer guide their children, or advise them, because the children don't trust their parents. Their pa...